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Yearly Archives: 2020

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Have you been driving your car for several years without getting regular service and have had no significant problems with it? Maybe you top off your fluids occasionally, which makes you feel confident that you can keep driving until something major happens. As long as your car hasn't shown any signs of letting you down, there's no need to spend money on a tune-up--right? If you think your car does not need a tune-up, think again. Consider the following symptoms that indicate that your vehicle may need a tune-up. Signs That It's Time for a Tune-up You may notice your dashboard lights flashing on occasionally. If the lights do not remain on, you might ignore them. Maybe they come on and eventually go off, or your vehicle allows you to turn the lights off manually. However, dashboard lights exist for a reason. When these lights come on, they are sending you a message that something needs attention. When you feel bad, you may need to see your doctor, and likewise, your vehi ... read more

What Are the Most Common Car Electrical System Problems?

What Are the Most Common Car Electrical System Problems?

Your car's electrical system runs the battery, the alternator, and the starter, just to name a few. When the electrical system isn't working, it should be investigated sooner rather than later. Some electrical problems can cause further damage your car, if not addressed. They should be repaired at the first opportunity. The most common electrical problems include, but are not limited to— Noises: When you turn the key and all you hear is clicking or a grinding noise, you'll want to check your battery or the starter. Dim lights or no lights: You need lights to drive, there's no way around that. If your lights are not as bright as usual, there's most likely a problem with the battery charging properly. It could be loose wires or corroded cables. Whatever the reason, it needs to be looked at right away. Won't start: If you turn the key and nothing happens, the electrical system is having problems. Dead battery: If you find yourself with a dead battery too ... read more

A Brake Flush Offers Major Benefits

A Brake Flush Offers Major Benefits

  Changing the brake pads isn't the only maintenance task that prolongs their lifespan. Brake flushes are just as significant as any other preventative services. During a brake flush service, all the dirty brake fluid is removed from the brake lines. The dirty brake fluid is replaced with clean fluid to maintain proper traction control and anti-lock brakes' health. Below are three reasons why you should schedule a brake flush during your next service.  Brake fluid degrades over time. Over time, brake fluid will become contaminated with pollutants that can cause its boiling point to decrease. This will cause a major decrease in performance that you may notice over time. In severe cases, the brakes can fail to stop or your vehicle altogether.  Dirty brake fluid attracts moisture and air. Air can become trapped inside the brake pedal. Trapped air will cause your brake pedal to feel spongy and to sink to the floor. Anti-lock braking and traction control can also ... read more

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Maintenance

3 Key Tire Maintenance Tips for Fall Car Care Month

3 Key Tire Maintenance Tips for Fall Car Care Month

Your vehicle's tires are the foundation for safe driving, ride quality, and smooth handling. Tires are a major investment and, with proper maintenance, can have a lifespan that can withstand long road trips, wet weather, and harsh road conditions. The fall is the perfect time to give your tires a little love before it gets too cold in Denver. Checking your tires now can prevent needing to replace them soon into the future. Below are three tire maintenance tips to consider during the fall.  Tire Pressure  Maintaining tire pressure is pretty simple and should be included in your monthly routine. If your tires are overinflated, they'll wear faster and increase your risk of a tire blow out. In comparison, underinflated tires can become unseated due to harsh vehicle maneuvers causing a lack of control. Underinflated tires also wear out quickly, causing more stops for repairs. The tire pressure is located in your vehicle's user manual or inside the do ... read more

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TIPS & TRICKS

Common Reasons Your Vehicle is Overheating

Common Reasons Your Vehicle is Overheating

Summer isn't the only time you can expect your car to overheat. An engine running scorching temperatures can happen during any season. If your vehicle is overheating, the engine is alerting you that it's time for immediate professional attention. Unusually hot temperatures can lead to severe engine damage, such as a blown head gasket that can leave your vehicle useless. Your engine unexpectedly overheating can leave drivers baffled. Below are five common reasons your car may be overheating.  Low Coolant If your coolant levels are low, the engine will overheat. A cost-effective way to solve this is to top your coolant off with extra fluid. Check your vehicle's owner's manual to ensure you use the correct coolant for your specific vehicle. Using the wrong coolant can cause more damage, leaving the engine to overheat once again. If your coolant levels are always low and you notice coolant beneath your vehicle, you may leak. Don't wait to have the leak ... read more